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Groundbreaking concussion test developed

A brand new saliva test could see concussions detected on the sideline within minutes of a player being removed for a HIA.

Researchers at the University of Birmingham have developed a swab test to detect a concussion in athletes.

A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has found that a group of 14 biomarkers appear in the saliva of an athlete that has been concussed.

The research, named Study of Concussion in Rugby Union through microRNAs (SCRUM) collected saliva samples from more than 1,000 professional rugby players in English rugby’s premiership and championship.

Players gave saliva samples out of competition to lay a benchmark, before being swabbed during matches if they were removed from play due to injury, immediately after matches and 24-48 hours after matches.

A brand new saliva test could see concussions detected on the sideline within minutes of a player being removed for a HIA . . .

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